Back in Duluth, I can go weeks without having to recharge my Kindle. However, here in the land of No Bookstores (much less ones with books in English), the Kindle has become our most-coveted item, one that circulates amongst all of us in the family, something that needs frequent recharging.
The lack of new reading material has led us to family consensus: as we eyeball our last six weeks in Turkey and start to imagine our days back in Minnesota, the number one thing each of us is excited for is the library. Free, easy, constantly-changing stacks of books make us salivate, and the lack of free, easy, constantly-changing stacks of books this year has been something we’ve never gotten past.
So, yes, we can’t wait for the library.
Also, in every possible way, we have missed diversity this year–in ethnicities, in languages, in the ways people dress themselves, in choices of foods, in values, in thinking. Pretty much, I’m over the five kinds of fruit we’ve been having for far too long. A raspberry, a blueberry, a peach…I hanker for them all.
The list of things we’ve missed and find ourselves excited for is extensive. But those feelings are just a small part of the larger experience. More than anything, we still, nearly eleven months after leaving the States, continue to be awestruck at our experience and appreciative of the colors and textures and smells of Turkey.
Below is a slideshow of photos taken last night, when I went out for a walk before sunset. We have been transported by the wildflowers dominating the Cappadocian landscape–particularly the bright red poppies–so I wanted to try to capture the look and feel of this dusty place that is, nevertheless, so lush. Trust me, I know photos of flowers are overdone and hard to make interesting…but if you take a minute to click through the slideshow, you might feel that you’ve just taken a quick trip to our neighborhood.
And that’ll give us something to talk about upon my return to the States–you know, to help us bypass all the uneasy silences that have defined our relationship so far.